I will be running a weekly Philosophy Seminar. It will tackle big questions of language and logic, mind and metaphysics, ethics and politics, religion and science. No prior knowledge or even interest in Philosophy is required. If you are open to reading, listening, and discussing big ideas, you are welcome to join us. Philosophy Seminar will run Tuesdays at 1:30pm, starting on September 6th and is primarily aimed at groups B and C.
Come to the first class giving some thought to the following question:
“If you step into a transporter (as in Star Trek) and two of you come out, which one is you?”
We will be offering an Improv class at Springfield Little Theatre starting this Tuesday September 6th from 11am-12noon. The class will run Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11am-12noon for 6 weeks. If you are interested in taking this class, leave a comment on this post.
Think of an “idea” for writing. The bigger and broader and the less firsthand experience you have with this idea the better. For example, write about life, love, death, homelessness, illness or an idea related to the theme “dark twist” in general terms. Write fast. Ramble. Think, don’t try to see any one thing in particular. Put lots of your feelings and ideas. Avoid images and specifics. Think out loud on the page. Don’t focus your mind’s eye on anything.
Chris is going to lead a reading/discussion of parts of Howard Zinn’s A People History of the United States. (Amazon, Free Online). This workshop is aimed at upper middle school through high school. This workshop is related to Global Citizenship competencies in Inquiry; History; and Civics, Government, and Society as well as English competencies in Literature; Research; and Speaking and Listening.
If you would like to participate please read the first chapter Columbus, The Indians, and Human Progress by next Wednesday.
Group A: Are cats right pawed, left pawed or ambidextrous? We will develop an experiment using the scientific method to help us find out.
These are some books that sound interesting and have received good reviews. We need to decide on the next group book. I welcome any of your suggestions as well. Once we pick a theme for September (on Thursday) the process of picking the next book may be easier.
Boy, Snow, Bird
All The Light We Cannot See
Why We Can’t Wait
Running With Scissors
The Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-Time
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie
The practice of creative writing helps to train our mind and enrich our soul. By practicing you become more able to concentrate, to sort and understand emotions and information, to read people more clearly, to take a broader view, to make finer distinctions.
“Okay, so why is that? I thought creative writing was fiction, crazy made up stuff….”
Agree or disagree with me, but I think the practice (and study) of creative writing is:
- Learning to pay closer attention to the world and human experience;
- practice rendering, with words, those experiences, in a way that makes them alive in the reader’s mind;
- using writing and words–both yours and others–to expand and extend who you are and what you can know.
Can you or I become a creative writer? What if I don’t have anything to say? What if I am boring? What if I’m not inspired? What if someone criticizes my work, and I don’t want to write at all?
We are starting with creative writing because for some it is the hardest type of writing; all these questions and concerns are valid. You as a writer are vulnerable, there aren’t rules. We will learn together – no judgments in this class, only willingness to help one another.
Let’s start with the advice you read yesterday from “famous” writers and go from there.
Choose a species of cat, big or small, from this collection for further study. Another good website to use: http://bigcatswildcats.com/small-wild-cats-list/
Be sure to include the following in your presentation:
- Species or breed and the scientific name
- Conservation status – are they endangered, extinct, vulnerable, doing fine?
- Diet – what is their prey? do they have predators?
- Habitat – what type of ecosystem do they live in?
- Geographic location – on which continent and in which country are they found?
- Cool facts